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Xavier lands fifth 2014 commitment in Top 50 wing Trevon Bluiett

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Xavier’s 2014 recruiting haul grew to five on Friday, as Top 50 small forward Trevon Bluiett verbally committed to the Big East school. Bluiett, who verbally committed to UCLA this summer, sent out his decision via his Twitter account.

Blueitt also held offers from programs such as Butler, Memphis and Michigan State, but in the end it was Xavier head coach Chris Mack who received the good news. The 6-foot-6 Indianapolis native (Park Tudor HS) joins guards Edmond Sumner and J.P. Macura and big men Makinde London and Sean O’Mara in Xavier’s 2014 class. During the spring and summer he played for the Spiece Indy Heat, averaging 18.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in Nike EYBL play.

When he committed to UCLA during the summer Bluiett had taken just one official visit, and that was to UCLA where his former high school coach (Ed Schilling) is an assistant on Steve Alford’s staff. Ultimately the distance from Indianapolis to Los Angeles was too much for his relationship with Schilling to overcome, and Xavier benefits as a result.

While there’s much rejoicing amongst the Xavier faithful, it should also be pointed out that this is another recruiting victory for the Big East. More than a few wondered when the realignment dominoes fell about the caliber of recruit that the ten schools would be able to attract, but the conference has done a very good job on the recruiting trail.

Georgetown, Providence and Seton Hall are three of the schools that have picked up important wins on the trail this offseason, and in establishing a “new” conference that’s a good place to start when looking to make sure that the Big East “brand” retains its power.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew:

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.